A LITTLE ABOUT ME

My name is Emily Saenz - like "signs" if you were finding it tricky. (Most people do!)

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+ HOW DID YOU GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY?

Growing up, I always took multiple disposable cameras to camp and would beg to have the pictures developed right when I got home. From very early on, I had this obsession with making & capturing memories. I've always loved having a camera with me, long before i realized not everyone made sure they had one at all times. (Long before everyone we had cameras on iphones.)

With the eye-opening insights of Shannon Leith, I learned early on in my photo-taking journey that no matter what camera you hold in your hands - or if you're holding one at all - we've all been given eyes to see the beautiful world out there. Seeing is what it’s all about. 

I want to be someone who sees. who sees beauty. who sees people. who sees light. with eyes wide open, I want to keep falling more in love with life, and I want to capture what I see in the world around me. 

I'm passionate about documenting life as authentically as possible and a firm believer that photos help us appreciate the life we've been given. I've heard it said, “We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”

i believe there are important stories to be told everywhere. and while there are notable occassions we all have agreed are the big ones, i love capturing the everyday as well. So whether it's your wedding you want captured or a random tuesday with your family, i'm game.

+ WHY "ILLUMINATE"?

I think of it likE A REMINDER TO MYSELF: "Emily, Illuminate. Be light. Shine light. Illuminate others' stories."

Photographs have always served as a reminder to me of milestones, memories, and connections. They exist as a spotlight on things like my 6th birthday at McDonald's, the start of an internship with Lauren Scotti, my long-awaited trip to Japan and my wedding day. I want to provide you with photographs that do the same: that illuminate meaningful moments and significant seasons in your life.

+ WHAT ELSE ARE YOU INTO?

I'm into my loving & quirky husband, our food blog @foodlyweds, my family, ALMOND MILK LATTES, FRIENDLY BARISTAS, WRITING, POP PUNK, the rain, MOUNTAIN VIEW CHURCH, musicals (Hamilton & DEAR EVAN HANSEN IN PARTICULAR), good harmonies, collecting mugs, driving, eating ginger, being in coffee shops, chasing the sunset, meeting new people, wearing stripes, putting lemon pepper on everything, and being in airports.